This travel guide will provide you with basic information on how to get there, things to do, where to stay, suggested itinerary and estimated budget that will help you plan your visit to Bukidnon.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Cagayan de Oro City to Dahilayan Adventure Park
Go to Agora Market Terminal, take a Van bound for Camp Phillips (60 PHP), travel time is about an hour. Hire a habal-habal (300 PHP) that will take you to the adventure park, travel time is about 30 minutes. Click here to know how I got to the adventure park.
From Camp Phillips to Cagayan de Oro City
There are vans in Camp Phillips that will take you to Cagayan de Oro. Look for it at the transport terminal where you hired a habal-habal. Fare is 60 pesos and travel time is about an hour.
To Malaybalay City
Via Davao City: Take a bus bound for Cagayan de Oro City at Ecoland Integrated Bus Terminal, buses leave almost every hour. Travel time is 4-5 hours and fare is around 320 pesos (air-conditioned).
Via Cagayan de Oro City: Take bus bound for Valencia or Davao City at Agora Bus Terminal. The bus passes by Malaybalay City. Travel time is around 2-3 hours and fare is 135.00 pesos.
There is no public transportation available when going to Dahilayan Adventure Park. Your option is either to rent a van in CDO or go to Camp Phillips and hire a habal-habal. If you are a big group, a van is a better option. But if you're traveling solo, I recommend that you get a habal-habal (single motorcycle). Below are the rates that was given to me by my driver:
1 person - PHP 300
2 persons - PHP 500
Bibot Sanchez - 0916-2864637
He's a good driver/guide as he gives a bit of information on the different things about Bukidnon. You may also contact him if you opt to take get a van. Highly recommended!
Since I only went to Dahilayan in Manolo Fortich Bukidnon, I won't be able to recommend any accommodation. But there are a number of accommodations available, from expensive resorts and hotels to cheap and affordable hostels, guest houses and inns if you opt to stay overnight. Click here for a list of accommodations in the province.
Here's my suggested itinerary for a half-day tour in Bukidnon.
07:00 AM - CDO - Camp Phillips
08:00 AM - ETA Camp Phillips / get a habal-habal
08:30 AM - ETA Dahilayan Adventure Park
09:00 AM - Start exploring the park / ziplining
11:00 AM - ETD for Camp Phillips
11:30 AM - ETA Camp Phillips / Lunch
12:30 PM - ETD for CDO City
01:30 PM - ETA CDO City
THINGS TO DO, TOURIST SPOTS AND ATTRACTIONS
- Ride the Asia's Longest Dual Zip Line at Dahilayan Adveture Park
- Stunned by Manolo Fortich's Pineapple Plantations
- Quickie Hike to the Provincial Tree Park
- Hiking and Waterfalls Hopping at The Center for Ecological Development and Recreation (CEDAR)
- Witness Kaamulan Festival
Other tourist spots and attractions:
- Mt. Kitanglad National Park
- Stone Marker of Yoshitoi's Grave
- Lake Apo
- Paiyak Cave
- Pinamaloy Lake
- Napalit Lake
- Nasuli Spring
- Minlaya Falls
- Sumalsag Cave
- Quarry Cave
- Malagaha Lake
- Liropan Cave
- Borantawan Cave
- Del Monte Golf Course
- Mangima Canyon
- Kaamulan Park
- Luan Luan Spring
- Menzi Farm
In addition, check out the official site of the province for a comprehensive list of attractions and sites to see in the province.
A much-awaited regional festival in Northern Mindanao, the Kaamulan Festival is a celebration of culture and tradition of the ethnic tribal groups in the province of Bukidnon. Annually held in Malaybalay City, the festival highlights with the street dancing competition of different ethnic tribal groups.
Read more here: Witness Kaamulan Festival 2013
For the summary of travel expenses of this 3-day Northern Mindanao Adventure, click here.
Bibot Sanchez - 0916-2864637
Dahilayan Adventure Park
Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon Philippines
(088) 856-2102 local 403 / 0922-8801319
For additional travel guide, click here.
This is part of my Solo Northern Mindanao Adventure that happened last August 6-8, 2011. Bukidnon is the 33rd province on my list and this Northern Mindanao adventure is my 7th solo trip.
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